Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Academic Affairs

2020 Diversity Reading Groups

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Open to all faculty, staff, students, and administrators

One lunchtime a week in October

Each year, Diversity Reading Groups offer a range of great reading opportunities in the month of October designed to invite every member of the Loyola community into shared conversations about diversity and inclusion. In this way, the Diversity Reading Groups support and sustain ongoing conversations around racial justice and feminism, sexual minority experience, mass incarceration, disability studies, and environmental justice, on campus and beyond.

This year, all groups will meet virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Academic Affairs will still provide complimentary books. We are offering participants three options:

  • Kindle version (e-book)
  • A copy of the book to be mailed
  • In-person book pick-up on Monday, Sept. 21 

To make sure all participants receive their books on time, we encourage participants to sign-up for a group by Wednesday, Sept. 16. 

To sign up, choose one of the groups below and send your selection to academicequity@loyola.edu. Please include how you would like to receive your book.


Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Moderated by Kelly Lussier & Nicole Reibe
Noon - 1 p.m.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26


Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy, by Darryl Pinckney
Moderated by Elise Gower & Joseph Dwyer
Noon - 1 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, by Elizabeth Hinton 
Moderated by Scott Adams, Stephanie Brizee, & Mickey Fenzel
Noon - 1 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind, by Harriet A. Washington
Moderated by Marci Belton, Brandon Muncy, & James Snow
Noon – 1 p.m.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27


Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, by Jose Antonio Vargas
Moderated by Brigid Hamilton & Michael Puma
1 - 2 p.m.
Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28


Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks
Moderated by Allen Brizee, Greta Brueck, & David Marcovitz
Noon - 1  p.m.
Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, by Deirdre Cooper Owens
Moderated by Amanda Konradi & Amanda Thomas
Noon - 1 p.m.
Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
Moderated by Patricia Bryan & Jason Prenoveau
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29